ST. EUSTATIUS–St. Eustatius National Parks’ Stenapa’s Summer Club came to a close on Friday. The Summer Club allowed children between the ages of eight and fourteen to take part in a week of free outdoor activities.
Summer Club began with the children helping National Park Ranger of Iguana Patrol Rupnor Redan monitor Statia’s local iguana.
Tuesday, Summer Club hiked to Venus Bay along with Stenapa staff. On Wednesday, the group snorkelled at the beach at Scubaqua dive shop.
Botanical Garden Ranger Nadio Spanner led the group in some fun maintenance activities in Miriam C. Schmidt Botanical Garden on Thursday.
The last day of the Summer Club saw the children, Stenapa staff and interns take part in a Dutch Kingdom-wide beach clean-up at Zeelandia Beach.
After collecting 91 kilos of garbage, the children were rewarded with a barbeque. The beach clean-up was organized by World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Netherlands and North Sea Foundation.
Bonaire, Saba and St. Maarten also joined the event. Together with groups in the Netherlands, stretches of coastline in the Netherlands were simultaneously cleaned in a Kingdom-wide effort to reduce marine pollution.
Stenapa’s Outreach Officer Hannah Fairley said they organized Summer Club to coincide with this Kingdom-wide beach clean-up to bring a larger significance to the activities and highlight the worldwide issue of marine pollution.
Source: The Daily Herald https://www.thedailyherald.sx/islands/68513-stenapa-s-summer-club-ends-with-beach-clean-up